Google Sheets vs Rows
Learn what makes Rows different from Google Sheets with practical examples for everyday users
Hello! If you're navigating the world of spreadsheets, you're likely familiar with Google Sheets. But have you experienced Rows? Let's dive into some real-world scenarios to illustrate how Rows can streamline and enhance your tasks compared to Google Sheets.
While Google Sheets is a trusted tool for many, Rows is emerging as a game-changer in the spreadsheet arena. Here's a side-by-side comparison to show you why.
|Integrated Workflows||To pull CRM data, you might use third-party add-ons or manual imports. Rows: Direct integrations allow for real-time data pulls.||As a sales manager, instead of juggling between tools, Rows lets you integrate and fetch live data seamlessly, keeping your focus on strategy.||As a sales manager, instead of juggling between tools, Rows lets you integrate and fetch live data seamlessly, keeping your focus on strategy.|
|External data from APIs||Requires Apps Script for complex tasks.||Utilize internal functions such as GET() & POST() for direct external data management.||An e-commerce store owner can directly track and update inventory without delving into scripting, making operations smoother.|
|Real-Time Visualizations||Charts need manual updates when data changes.||Charts update dynamically in real-time.||For a marketing analyst, as campaign data flows in, Rows provides instant visual feedback, allowing for immediate strategy adjustments.|
|Harnessing AI||Basic data analysis tools. Add-ons required with untrustworthy vendors.||AI-powered insights right within your spreadsheet. AI-powered functions natively available and securely delivered with additional functionality built in specific to common spreadsheet related tasks.||Anyone can quickly perform data analysis on their spreadsheets and get insights immediately without in-depth function knowledge or writing complicated formulas.|
|Collaboration||Static shared documents with real-time editing. Shared documents either give no edit access or complete edit access.||Share dynamic visuals that update in real-time. Provide editing access on shared documents at an individual cell level.||Share calculators with clients or embed them on your website that allow any user to change values to gain insights.|
|Automation||Google Sheets relies primarily on Google Apps Script for automation. Let's say you want to send an email notification every time a new row is added. You would have to: Write a Google Apps Script to detect the addition of a new row. Integrate the script with Google Mail services. Set up triggers so the script runs appropriately.||Rows simplifies automation with built-in integrations. To achieve the same task: Use Rows’ built-in functions to detect new rows. Integrate directly with email services without coding using one of many email related integrations.||A project manager wants to notify team members of new tasks. In Google Sheets, they'd need to write a script, potentially facing challenges if they lack coding expertise. The same project manager, now using Rows, sets up the notification workflow in minutes. With just a few clicks, every new task entry sends an automatic email to the respective team member, ensuring tasks are started promptly.|
|Scheduling & Cron Jobs||Google Sheets relies on Google Apps Script to set up timed triggers and cron jobs. For instance, if you want to fetch and update data from an external source every day at 3 PM: Write a Google Apps Script to pull the data. Set up a time-driven trigger within the script editor to run the script daily at the desired time.||Rows offers a more intuitive approach to scheduling tasks. With its built-in functions and integrations: Set up the desired function or integration to fetch data. Use Rows' scheduling feature to run the task at specified intervals without the need for coding.||A stock analyst wants daily updates on certain stock prices at market close. In Google Sheets, you would set up a script to fetch this data and use time-driven triggers to run it daily after market hours. However, this approach can be limiting if the source requires complex API calls or if you aren't comfortable with scripting. The stock analyst, now on Rows, simply sets up a function using a native integration to pull stock data and uses Rows' scheduling feature to update it daily. The process is more straightforward and you can easily adjust the schedule or add more stocks without diving into code.|
|Value Proposition||Standard spreadsheet functionalities.||Offers unique capabilities at competitive pricing.||Freelancers can offer clients real-time dashboards in Rows, enhancing their service offering and standing out in the market.|
|Community and Support||Vast user base with community forums. Rows: A tight-knit community ready to assist and share with a direct channel of communication to the team.||Users can quickly get optimized solutions within Rows in minutes through support chat.||Users can quickly get optimized solutions within Rows in minutes through support chat.|
|Feature Requests & Roadmap Impact||Google Sheets, being a product of Google, operates on a large scale. While they have avenues for feedback and feature requests: Submit feedback or feature requests via the in-built menu. Join Google Workspace user forums to discuss and upvote desired features.||Rows prides itself on its user-centric approach and transparency. When it comes to feature requests: Users can directly submit feature requests. The Rows team actively engages with its user community, discussing potential||An accountant wishes for a specific financial function in Google Sheets. They submit feedback and hope for its implementation. However, given the vast user base and diverse feature requests, there's no guarantee or timeline for when (or if) their desired function will be added. Not only does the Rows team acknowledge the feature request, but the founder can also track its progress on the roadmap.|
While Google Sheets offers familiarity, Rows promises innovation and efficiency.
Through these real-world comparisons, it's evident that Rows not only matches but often surpasses the capabilities of traditional (outdated!) spreadsheet tools. Dive into Rows and experience the evolution firsthand!
Bring your Google Sheet's spreadsheets into Rows directly through our spreadsheet import integration. Learn how to do that here!